What you need:
In order to vote in Texas, you will need to bring ONE (1) of the following documents to your polling place:
- Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
- Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
- United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
- United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States Passport (book or card)
- With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which does not expire, for voters aged 18-69, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.Election Identification Certificates are available from DPS driver license offices during regular business hours. Find mobile station locations here.
- People with disabilities can apply for an exemption to this requirement by filling out the form found at this link and mailing it to your county’s Voter Registrar . For information or assistance contact Disability Rights Texas at 888-796-8683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Voters who have a consistent religious objection to being photographed and voters who do not have any valid form of photo identification as a result of certain natural disasters (within 45 days of the election) as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may vote a provisional ballot, appear at the voter registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days after election day, and sign an affidavit swearing to the religious objection or natural disaster, in order for your ballot to be counted. Please contact your county voter registrar for more details.
Am I registered to Vote?
For the purposes of voting, the address on your id and the address on your voter registration do not have to match. The ID is to prove your identity, not your residency. However, if the addresses do not match, you probably need to update either your id or your registration for other purposes.
Voting By Mail
Voters over 65 or who have a disability automatically qualify to vote by mail. Mail ballot voters do not need to present an ID (unless is their first time voting in a federal election in that jurisdiction). Get a vote by mail application or learn more about voting by mail.
Get your ID
Election Identification Certificate (EIC)
Here is a list of the supporting forms of ID that can be presented if the voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo ID and cannot reasonably obtain one:
- copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
- copy of or original current utility bill;
- copy of or original bank statement;
- copy of or original government check;
- copy of or original paycheck; or
- copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).
After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.
Several other types of supporting documents can be ordered through www.texas.gov
More information can be found at http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/electionID.htm
Still have questions? Try http://votetexas.gov/faq/